like to start off by explaining in part why I purchased 2 Zen SE84b
Amps. I was directed to Steve’s site by a contributor in one of the
forums on the Soundstage Audio Site. After reviewing the site and absorbing
Steve’s philosophy on sound and giving pictorial descriptions of these
ideas, I decided this guy has got something going here. So I purchased
the 2 Zen SE84b Amps.
maybe the women know something us guys don’t. My wife commented how
much better she liked these. I agreed of course. They started out
a bit compressed but very detailed. The clarity, inner detail, rhythm
and pace came out. They were really jaw dropping.
day I had them I must have played 30 CDs of various music I had been
very familiar with. I could not believe what I was hearing. The detail,
presentation, and ambiance were there as I have never heard in these
recordings. The amps were opening up. I have heard various SETs (all
very expensive and fancy too) before but not in my system. These really
do compare to the sound quality of equipment costing many times over
in price. I recently had people over and comments like “I have never
heard music like that before” were made.
is the sound that the transistor guys have been after for the last 30
years. They still don't have it. Most of this relates to CD sound. CD
sound tends to be a bit crisp, bright, and generally aggressive and
annoying in various degrees. Not with these amps. They are detailed
and smooth, with much depth and width--a very different presentation
than a transistor amp. Shall I dare say more realistic. Drum skins and
cymbals in vivid detail. Everything is dependent on your choice of speakers
and efficiency. I am using Coincident Triumph Grand Signatures at 90db
and rated minimum at seven watts. More than enough volume to fill my
been into audio since the late 70s and never heard it so good in my
system. It is an outstanding product and a worthwhile purchase. Now
to check into that Pre amp Steve is working on.
Dennis R. Najuch